Overall Rank: 584
Average Rating: 3/4
# of Ratings: 320
Theatrical Release Date: 12/27/2000
Genre: Drama, Crime
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Actors: Michael Douglas, Benicio Del Toro, Topher Grace, Don Cheadle, Majandra Delfino, Catherine Zeta-Jones
Plot: A pair of semi interlocking stories represent American drug trafficking and the prevention of with a young daughter using, a corrupt cop policing and a judge who has no idea really what is going on in the real world.
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Indyfreak - wrote on 07/15/2018
TRAFFIC is a lengthy but powerfully acted crime drama showing various sides of the War on Drugs. Tying threads together are three great lead performances by Benicio Del Toro, Michael Douglas, and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Rarely does a mammoth ensemble film such as TRAFFIC tackle a divisive issue in a manner that while nuanced is by no means neutral. But it succeeds.
johnny black - wrote on 08/10/2012
sufficiently raw and original. catherine zeta jones establishes herself as one of the top actresses of our generation with this film. benecio del toros performance does extreme justice , and i do think that michael douglas deserved more recognition then he recieved ultimately.
Snoogans - wrote on 05/07/2012
A truthful drama that shines a more realistic light on the drug trafficking issue. Soderbergh handles the ensemble cast and multiple intersecting stories with ease. The film shows just how our government is simultaneously winning and losing the 'war on drugs'.
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Yojimbo - wrote on 03/25/2012
Steven Soderbergh's intelligent attempt at an expose of the many links in the chain of drug culture can be seen as the Crash of narcotics. It's a worthy and well made film, but at times is very contrived; the way certain characters unknowingly pass each other in the streets is gimmicky at best and the fact that the US drug Czar's daughter makes the transition from preppy to crack whore overnight stretches credulity to breaking point. In fact it's Michael Douglas' section that (unsurprisingly) lets the film down, as it is 50% dry docudrama and 50% soapy melodrama. This is most definitely made up for by the sections on the streets, particularly Benicio Del Toro's Mexican State policeman and Don Cheadle's undercover narc. Soderbergh is also a little filter happy, but the direction is …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 08/05/2011
One of the better films that deals with drugs. It has a very good cast, cinematography was pleasant, soundtrack was catchy and the pace of the film never drags. Benecio Del Toro played his character Javier Rodriguez really well which earned him an Oscar for his stunning performance. My favorite story would have to be for Catherine Zeta- Jones character Helena Ayala. Michael Douglas was solid as Robert Wakefield and in his words: “If there is a war on drugs, then many of our family members are the enemies. And I don't know how you wage war on your own family.” The plot was effective and it didn’t confuse the viewers from the multiple story lines. The film delivers with magnificent direction (even beating Gladiator's Director) and compelling story telling. I felt this was just a few …
filmfan09 - wrote on 02/14/2009
Traffic takes on the complex issues involved with the war on drugs in the United States and Mexico from the view of these nations as a whole to the very personal level. In the film, three stories unfold to illustrate the near impossibility of ever stopping the drug trade, despite the billion dollars that the US spends each year for just that cause. While the tales are related, the characters rarely, if ever, cross paths with one another. This is one of the elements that allows Soderbergh to deliver his message so effectively.
This film has an amazing ensemble cast where everybody is working at the top of their game. However, Benicio Del Toro definitely stands out with the breakthrough performance. Michael Douglas is also terrific, adding another strong performance to his gallery of …
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